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Degree Conferral (Graduation) Information

Graduation Requirements for Undergraduate Students

The minimum number of credits required of a baccalaureate degree from Misericordia University is 120 credits. To obtain a baccalaureate degree a student must complete the minimum hours of credit required by the declared major program even if that number exceeds 120 credits. A transfer student must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Misericordia University for any given degree. That number may exceed 30 credits contingent on the number of total credits a student needs to meet degree requirements. Students should consult individual program descriptions.

A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all major and core course requirements to graduate. Some majors require a higher cumulative grade point average for graduation. Students should consult specific program descriptions.

A degree application form, available from the Registrar's Office in hard copy, and as a .pdf file on the e-MU portal, must be completed by the specified deadline by the student and advisor. This form is to be submitted to the registrar's office during the term prior to their intended term of graduation. All bills must be paid in advance for a student to be eligible to graduate. Failure to do so in a timely manner may delay the conferral of the degree until the next graduation date.

Only students completing all academic requirements in May will be permitted to process in the Spring ceremony held in May of that same year. Only students completing all academic requirements in August or December will be permitted to process in the winter commencement ceremony held in December of the same year.

Diplomas not distributed at Commencement are located in the Registrar’s Office, and may either be picked up by the student, or delivered by first class mail in June for May degree candidates, in September for August degree candidates, or in January for December degree candidates. To obtain an unclaimed diploma, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Undergraduate students are awarded baccalaureate degrees with distinction for exceptional academic achievement. Honors are awarded as follows:

Distinction

Grade Point Average at Graduation

Summa Cum Laude

3.90 and above

Magna Cum Laude

3.70 – 3.89

Cum Laude

3.50 – 3.69

A student must have completed at least 60 credits at Misericordia University to qualify for these honors. The class valedictorian is determined by the full-time matriculated student with the highest cumulative undergraduate average who has completed all course work at Misericordia University with the exception of the 12 credits allowed through off-campus requests or any advanced placement credits.

Students who complete the Misericordia University Honors Program while achieving a GPA of 3.25 or higher will be awarded an honors designation (see program requirements for a description).


Graduation Requirements for Graduate Students

To be eligible for a graduate degree from Misericordia University, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the time of graduation; must fulfill all program requirements, including the professional contribution/scholarly project as required by the program; and must have paid all tuition and fees. It is the student's responsibility to keep abreast of progress toward degree completion.

A degree application form, available from the Registrar's Office in hard copy, and as a .pdf file on the e-MU portal, must be completed by the specified deadline by the student and advisor. This form is to be submitted to the registrar's office during the term prior to their intended term of graduation. All bills must be paid in advance for a student to be eligible to graduate. Failure to do so in a timely manner may delay the conferral of the degree until the next graduation date.

Only students completing all academic requirements in May will be permitted to process in the Spring ceremony held in May of that same year. Only students completing all academic requirements in August or December will be permitted to process in the winter commencement ceremony held in December of the same year.

Diplomas not distributed at Commencement are located in the Registrar’s Office, and may either be picked up by the student, or delivered by first class mail in June for May degree candidates, in September for August degree candidates, or in January for December degree candidates. To obtain an unclaimed diploma, contact the Registrar’s Office.